A former ministerial adviser accused of threatening the Queensland government is pushing for the phone records of the government’s media boss.
A man who advised a former Queensland minister has sought phone records from the government’s media chief, as he fights claims he made threats and demands against the state.
Graeme Hallett once worked as a media adviser to Queensland MP Bruce Flegg, when Dr Flegg was the housing minister.
In June, the state’s crime and corruption watchdog issued Hallett with a notice to appear in court for making “demands with menaces upon agencies of government”.
Hallett’s lawyer Kris Jahnke on Monday told the Brisbane Magistrates Court he wanted access to phone records from Newman government media chief Lee Anderson, a key witness in the case.
The Crown indicated it could take time to obtain the records and asked for the matter to be mentioned in two weeks.
The court heard a previous request from the defence for police notebooks containing interviews about the case had been granted.
Hallett, who is on bail, did not appear and is excused when the case returns to court on September 29.
The Crime and Corruption Commission alleged that after Hallett was sacked by Dr Flegg in November 2012, he threatened to release information and make a complaint to police unless he was hired in another government role.
Dr Flegg was the housing minister when he dismissed Hallett.
At a press conference the day after being fired Hallett claimed his former boss lied to parliament by failing to record the extent of contact his office had with his lobbyist son.
Dr Flegg stood down as minister the next day, saying it had come to his attention that there were “administrative failures” about which he had not previously known.
Mr Jahnke said previously his client denied the allegations and would fight the charge.